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VIDEO / NEW BOOK – 917 RESTORATION: “PORSCHE 917-021 THE FABULOUS STORY”

06 Jan

Porsche 917 / 0-21 – The Fabulous Story

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Jacques Breuer is a Belgian photographer who is finalizing a magnificent book on the Porsche 917…..”Porsche 917 / 0-21 – The Fabulous Story” – + 300 pages – + 500 pictures

Forty years in the history of the Porsche 917-021 described by an enthralling investigation that includes a journey to the heart of deepest Germany, trips to Stuttgart and Hamburg as well as the Black Forest, the Moselle region and the Rhine!

In 1970, 917-021 raced at Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring, Le Mans, Hockenheim, Watkins Glen and Kyalami in the Endurance World Championship and the Interseries. 

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Read all about its victories and its two lives! Piecing together the story of this car led to meetings with exceptional people including Gijs van Lennep, Bobby Rahal, Kurt Ahrens, Gérard Larrousse, David Piper, team managers Hannu Kahi (AAW team), Hans-Dieter Dechent (Martini Racing team) and Porsche engineers Walter Näher and Herbert Staudenmaier.

Discover the history and the technical secrets of its legendary 180° V12 engine, the car’s soul. Also pictured are its liveries and decorations starting with the classic red and yellow Shell paintwork and finishing with the two psychedelic colour schemes that marked its 1970 racing career….continue reading here

This book also describes the meeting with Joachim Grossmann, the only other man (with Count Rossi) to have registered a 917 as a road-going car!

The story of the Porsche 917’s exceptional restoration and its return to the track will give the reader never-before published insights into one of the greatest racing cars in the history of motor racing!

Video by Daniel Fery on Vimeo – chassis number 021 and the first laps of its new life.

Website by Alain Lefebvre (source):

http://www.917-021.com/index.html

The real story of 917-021

The story of the Porsche 917’s exceptional restoration and its return to the track.

The Porsche 917, chassis number 021, was built in 1969 and was part of the first batch of twenty-five 917s.

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In April 1970, it was sold to the Finnish AAW team and then painted in the red and yellow colours of its title sponsor. The car’s first race, the Monza 1000 kms, was really an extended test session and it saw the flag in eleventh place.

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Next came the Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km in which Laine-van Lennep improved to fifth overall. Two weeks later tragedy struck at the Nürburgring when Hans Laine was killed in practice in the AAW team’s Porsche 908/2.

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The 917 did not take part in the following day’s race.David Piper and van Lennep drove 021 in the Le Mans 24 Hours, but the Englishman crashed in pouring rain in the Dunlop curve when in third place. He brought the car back to its pit where it was repaired. Van Lennep went back out and was eliminated when a tyre exploded on the Mulsanne straight due to excessive wear caused by the twisted chassis. The 917 was sent back to the factory for repairs. Given the lack of time available before its next race (Norisring) Porsche took chassis 012 from stock. It had been repaired in Stuttgart and all the mechanical components from 021 were grafted onto it and the chassis was renamed 021.

On 28th June it arrived at the Norisring for the Interserie race with a provisional decoration: a white front bonnet and a yellow engine cover. Hans-Dieter Dechent, the Martini boss, then rented 021. He had it painted in the psychedelic mauve and green livery seen on the long-tail 917 (chassis 043) that came second in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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He entered it for van Lennep-Larrousse in the Watkins Glen 6 Hours in the USA and the CanAm event the following day. On 23rd August the Porsche sported a new red and yellow psychedelic livery, the AAW team’s colours, for the Keimola Interserie race in which it scored its first win. On 20th September van Lennep clinched victory no.2 in the Zandvoort Trophy.

Continue Reading here….

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In the Paris 1000 km 021 retired with blown valves with van Lennep at the wheel. The 917’s last race for the Martini team was the Kyalami 9 Hours with Siffert and Ahrens. The car had a 5-litre engine for the South African event and it saw the flag in second place. 021 then went back to Porsche where its engine was removed and installed in the 917 01-021 spyder for the AAW team in 1971.

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The original chassis and bodywork as sold to Manfred Freisinger in 1972. Three years later Joachim Grossmann bought and restored 917-021. He painted it white, detuned the engine and used it as his road car! In 1983, it was sold to American collector Don Marsh. In 1996, he put it back in to its Watkins Glen configuration although the colours and arabesques did not exactly correspond to the original livery.

Bobby Rahal bought 021 in 2002 and sold it on to Juan Barazi the following year.

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Vincent Gaye purchased 021 at the end of 2007 and decided to carry out a full restoration. The car turned a wheel for the first time in 2011.

BONUS: – 4 Free Pictures of 917 0-21 chassis downloads as a bonus http://www.917-021.com/page/en/6/bonus.html

Thank you to:

Daniel Frey

http://vimeo.com/user5648949

Alain Lefebvre

http://www.alain-lefebvre.com/porsche-917/

Jacques Breur

http://www.jacquesbreuer.be/

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3 responses to “VIDEO / NEW BOOK – 917 RESTORATION: “PORSCHE 917-021 THE FABULOUS STORY”

  1. abauerporsche

    January 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Reblogged this on The Porsche Independent Repair and commented:
    Your 2012 calendar folks. Each four images are worth three whole months.

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  2. Jules Ledesma

    January 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What a read! Condensed and yet One reads with breath Abated – till you literally gasp-Startled. Goodness gracious,me. Resistance is futile.

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  3. Tony Adamowicz

    January 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Greetings Dede, Daniel and all Porsche enthusiasts,
    Great recap story on 917-021, a tremendous restoration project and video capture, congratulations Daniel. Perhaps I can add some additional historical race information after the controversial remake of 917-021 by the Porsche factory, allowing this 917K to live many lives. In appreciation perhaps Tony Adamowicz and that of co driver Mario Casoni can be added to the list of drivers who drove 021

    Over its race career, 021 has had a number of different liveries even after its LeMans repair. Its first outing before turning a wheel was Nov 6, 1971 Nine hrs of Kyalami where it wore the Lucky Strike No.4 livery of David Piper’s two car Kyalami entry. It was fitted with a 5 liter engine and David’s ole stand by 917-010 had the 4.5 liter with the No.3. I was assigned to 917-20 after Richard Attwood choose th 917-010. I was honored to receive the Heuer Chronograph watch recipient award for the fast race lap.

    Fly slot car has made a wonderfully accurate commemorative model of 917-021 in the Lucky Strike No.4 livery. Check out my race recap story and additional pics of that race on my link: http://www.a2zracer.com/page61.html

    Additional 917-021 race history info can be seen in the 917 Porsche book by Reynald Hezard, with forward by Vic Elford. On page 177, 917-021 was also known as “The other Psychedelic 917” having the Green / Purple LeMans Hippy livery and similar livery in Yellow and Red. I believe I was one of the last drivers to have driven 917-021 back in period, as the FIA switched to a 3 liter World Endurance formula for manufacturers.

    Co Incidentally, I am the only American driver to have driven the venerable 917K in period, thanks to my friend David Piper allowing me to also race his 917-010 at Monza and Watkins Glen. ck my links at: http://www.a2zracer.com/page25.html and http://www.a2zracer.com/page56.html

    Best Regards, Tony Adamowicz

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